ALA Annual 2023

Getting Work Done with the ALSC Board at #alaac23

Every year at annual conference, the full ALSC Board meets in person to conduct a variety of business. These are open meetings that any member may attend, unless the Board moves into executive session. Today’s meeting was full of discussion and decision items. Curious about what we talked about? Here are some highlights:

Sibert 25th Anniversary

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Medal will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2026. While that may seem like years away, budget realities mean that we start these discussions early. The Board voted to create a task force that will support celebrations around this award.

Diversifying Revenue Streams Task Force Updates

Fiscal responsibility is part of the overall health of ALSC as an organization. The Diversifying Revenue Streams Task Force has done much work over the past year. Today, their final report brought recommendations and information to the Board. The Board discussed their findings and will be applying their recommendations moving forward.

Recognition and Scholarships Manual Task Force

Periodically, ALSC committees identify things that aren’t working as smoothly as they could. Bringing these items to the Board’s attention helps us find ways to support their work. In response to a request from the Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee, the Board voted to create a task force that will help evaluate and update guiding documents for this committee to allow them to work more effectively.

Children and Technology Committee Charge

The Children and Technology Committee requested a slight change to their committee’s charge to better reflect the nature of their committee work and remove outdated information. The Board voted to make the suggested amendment to their charge.

Budget Updates and REFORMA’s Children in Crisis Project

The Board received a request for financial support of REFORMA’s Children in Crisis Project. This project works to connect asylum-seeking children with books. While the final amount donated will need approval by ALSC’s Budget Committee as a matter of procedure, the Board voted to use funding from Friends of ALSC to provide a donation to this organization to continue its important work.

Strategic Planning and Committee Work Plans

The Board continued the work begun yesterday in the Executive Committee meeting to finalize the strategic initiatives and direction that will be outlined in the 2023-2026 strategic plan, which will go into effect September 1, 2023. While language will be finalized in the coming weeks, the overall focus and direction is now in place. Join us at the ALSC Membership Meeting on Monday morning at 10:30 AM (McCormick Place, W183c), where outgoing president Amy Koester will share updates with the membership about our strategic direction.

With the Board meeting wrapped up, I’m looking forward to attending more education sessions this afternoon.

Today’s guest contributor is Jaime Eastman (she/her/hers). Jaime is a senior Public Services Librarian and Family Place Coordinator at the Harrington Library, one of the Plano (Texas) Public Library locations. She’s currently serving as a member of the ALSC Board of Directors. This will be her second Annual Conference. She is looking forward to many things, including finalizing the strategic plan with the rest of the Board, seeing great educational sessions sponsored by ALSC, and connecting with members both in person and through the blog. Jaime is currently working on at least two ambitious cross stitch projects, dreaming of future travel plans, and reading far too many books at once. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be an author. Writing for the blog and publishing with Children and Libraries feel like a good start, and she regrets nothing about her adult decision to be a librarian doing storytimes who didn’t have to grow up too much.

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